Left-wing activists and local residents laid wreaths and flowers to the Soviet War Memorial in Berlin's district of Pankow-Buch on Friday. The ceremony was held to mark 75 years since the end of WWII.
«Today, the 75th anniversary of course is something very special. Therefore it is so sad that we can only be here with a limited number of people today because of the pandemic. But at least we can... Еще remember, and we can thank the allies. Especially here, [we can thank] the Soviet Red Army which marched in and freed Berlin,» said Elke Breitenbach, Berlin's Senator for Integration, Labour and Social Affairs.
Berlin declared Friday an additional public holiday to mark the anniversary.
Victory Day marks the capitulation of Nazi Germany to the Soviet Union at the end of the Second World War, known in Russia as the Great Patriotic War. Tens of thousands of Soviet soldiers died in the Battle of Berlin.